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Architectural things

Architectural things. Some isometric landscapes by Cinta Vidal / more urban imagery by Alexandra Pacula / Van Life, the non-Insta variety / Cover : The curious case of a shared database. On the somewhat familiar art of book cover design … Continue reading

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To the bells of the cathedral

The Ghost in the MP3: ‘moDernisT‘ is a track by Ryan Maguire, ‘created by salvaging the sounds lost to mp3 compression from the song “Tom’s Diner“, famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests to develop … Continue reading

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What a waste

Desert Island Dump, a trip to Henderson Island: waste, reefs, plastic and rats / sort of related, imaging the planet, a visual demonstration of how satellite imagery is gathered / official posters at the National Office of Importance / a … Continue reading

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Occasional output

Things sieved from the stream. The Archive of Styles, a type fetishist’s delight (via Meanwhile) / paintings and sculptures by John Clarke / the demolition of a Pasadena landmark / art, faith and modernity, on show at Liss Llewellyn / … Continue reading

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Wishing I had a photograph of you

A random selection of things. This is sort of like a crowd-sourced Upside Down: Doodle Place / linocuts by Vanessa Lubach / music by Gurtwyrm; Love Family Robinson / Futuro House, in a different environment / gig reviews by Rob … Continue reading

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Decay and fall

Learning Synths, a fun educational site from Ableton (via The Verge) / thanks to Kottke for highlighting the other-worldly sounds of a giant gong. An Paiste 80 Symphonic Gong is rather dear / the cartoonist Mordillo (wiki) has died / … Continue reading

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A big chunk of stuff

The mass death of a consumer robot / Fist of Jesus, a short, bloody film / How Technology Changed Music / ‘”Ghost Tape Number 10“, an audio mix the US military used for psychological operations in the Vietnam War’ / … Continue reading

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Back and forth

The true, twisted story of the Amityville Horror / What We Know About the Navy’s UFO Problem / a 3D model of Apollo 11 / behind the scenes at the Summer Palace, Pricegore and Yinka Ilori / an archive of … Continue reading

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In Quotes

Three examples of culture sampling. The distinctly Benz-like vehicles of Bamin Automobile, at CarNewsChina (via Jalopnik) / a nice shout out to The Way of the Exploding Fist in the Black Mirror Trailer (1m21s) / more pop culture self-referentiality: Stranger … Continue reading

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Slight Return

The Library of Things – ‘why buy when you could borrow?’ This Guardian piece asks whether ‘borrowing everything from drills to disco balls cut waste and save money?’ It is certainly a tempting idea. Based in Oxford (a London branch … Continue reading

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Away days

Historical Times presents a collection of culturally important ruins / Mars in the Gobi Desert / how climate change deniers make themselves seem legitimate / Island living. See also The Gatekeepers, a photography project by Alex Ingram / Asia, through … Continue reading

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In memoriam

A 2015 project on gothic structure devoted a substantial amount of time to scanning Notre Dame, creating a precise 3D model. The project was the initiative of the late Andrew Tallon, who very tragically died just last November. His work … Continue reading

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Entropy online

A question seeking recommendations of examples of Post-post-collapse fiction, from where we get to Stand Still, Stay Silent, a webcomic about a Scandinavian future. We can’t vouch for the accuracy of the language tree, but it’s a beautiful image. At … Continue reading

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Echo Chambers

A short guide to Broadcast, retrofuturist pop & hauntological pop. See also this earlier collection of music loosely grouped as Folk Horror. There are endearing fictional diversions in the genre, such as Hereford Wakes, ‘a five-part ITV children’s drama originally … Continue reading

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Small snippets

Unrailed, a new game about an endless railway (via RPS) / crafty stuff and Hole and Corner / Barcelona from above / Cambridge from the rooftops / London as a leaky sieve of laundered property money / speaking of which, … Continue reading

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Air Train

Our horrid future, part 235. For the tech elite, luxury means getting away from what they created. Meanwhile, SF continues to descend into a social hellscape for anyone who isn’t wallowing in venture capital / surprisingly, there is still so … Continue reading

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Through the keyhole

This and that. A post about tracking digital ephemera / 30 Years of God Game History, a look at the evolution of Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, etc. / a leading animator admits to having Aphantasia: ‘Ex-Pixar chief Ed … Continue reading

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An alibi

From this question, Umberto Eco on photocopies: ‘Photocopies are indispensable instruments. They allow you to keep with you a text you have already read in the library, and to take home a text you have not read yet. But a … Continue reading

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Golden Rabbits (or hares…)

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Some things to listen to

Codex 99 has some fine in-depth design history reporting spliced with personal recollections, e.g The XB-70: My Dad and the Cold War, the story of ‘perhaps the most audacious plane ever commissioned by the Air Force’. Also the Box of … Continue reading

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